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Mitsubishi Outlander 2006 is the last in the first generation model line. The second generation model was launched on October 17, 2005, Mitsubishi launched  dropping the Airtrek in Japan in favor of adopting the global name Outlander.  It features a new DOHC 2.4 L 16-valve MIVEC engine; Mitsubishi's AWC system which features electronically controlled four wheel drive and stability control, on a stretched Mitsubishi GS platform.  The North American version, powered by a newly designed 6B31 3.0 L V6 SOHC MIVEC was shown in April 2006 at the New York Auto Show prior to its release in October the same year.

In its home market of Japan it was the best-selling SUV from October 2005 to March 2006, while in the U.S. market it achieved 1,694 and 2,108 sales in November and December 2006, the first two full months it was available; it won the 2005 Good Design Award (Product Design Category) sponsored by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization.

Outlander's 2006 distinguishing features include a new-generation platform which underpins better crashworthiness and greater rigidity, a high power and high fuel efficiency aluminum cylinder block 2.4-liter MIVEC*1 engine,  and an electronically controlled 4WD system. 

In terms of environmental performance, Outlander earns a 4-star rating for emission levels that are 75% lower than required by Japanese 2005 Emission Regulations and qualifies for Green Vehicle Tax Exemption by returning fuel consumption that is 5% lower than Japanese 2010 efficiency requirements.

Mitsubishi Motors has revamped its production facilities for the new model. At the Mizushima Plant, where Outlander is assembled, a new welding line has been installed for the first time in 10 years to accommodate the requirements of the new platform. At the Shiga Engine Plant, state-of-the art machining and assembly lines have been added for the new 2.4-liter MIVEC engine. The company has also bolstered quality assurance levels throughout the full development-to-shipment chain. Outlander is the product of stringent scrutiny and inspections implemented through the Mitsubishi Motors Development System (MMDS) in the development phase and the multi-level In-Stage Quality Creation (ISQC) system on the production line.


Outlander uses more high-tensile steel sheeting to increase stiffness with little weight penalty, and employs octagonal-section straight front side members and a reinforced cabin environment to create a body that provides higher levels of all-directional crashworthiness. The body construction also meets the requirements of compatibility during impact with small cars and pedestrian protection during impact.

An aluminum roof panel lowers the center of gravity and reduces roll inertia to improve steering response and handling by reducing body roll and stagger without impacting ride quality.

New 2.4-liter 16-valve DOHC MIVEC engine

The Mitsubishi 2.4 Liter SOHC engine is used in the Eclipse, Galant and Outlander. Many people are unaware that the engine is also used in the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Stratus.

Outlander is powered by a new compact lightweight engine with a die-cast aluminum cylinder block. Using MIVEC intake and exhaust valve trains, the new engine delivers more power while returning better fuel efficiency and low emissions. It earns a 4-star rating for emission levels that are 75% lower than required by Japanese 2005 Emission Regulations and qualifies for Green Vehicle Tax Exemption by returning fuel consumption that is 5% lower than Japanese 2010 efficiency requirements.

Electronically controlled 4WD

Outlander uses Mitsubishi's electronically controlled 4WD system that continuously distributes front/rear wheel drive torque in an optimal way according to conditions. 

New suspension system

Outlander employs a MacPherson strut front and a trailing arm-type multi-link arrangement rear suspension. The wider track and longer stroke improve handling and stability.

At the rear, Outlander employs mono-tube shock absorbers well proven on Lancer Evolution. Offering faster response at slower vehicle speeds, this type of shock absorber reconciles a plaint and well-damped ride with outstanding levels of handling and stability.

16-inch Chrome allow wheels

 They provide a sense of power and stability to the exterior.

#16 of 263 Re: About doing your homework [nickel] by chelentano

Jun 16, 2007 (8:08 pm)

Replying to: nickel (Jun 16, 2007 3:13 pm)
The Mitsubishis you drove were different animals. These were essentially Chrysler vehicles with Mitsubishi label. These cars were built in Illinois and they had Chrysler powertrain and parts made by Detroit suppliers. Thanks God, Mitsubishi divorced Chrysler in 2005. Chrysler certainly heavily damaged Mitsubishis reputation in US, which in fact affected the resale values of Chrysler-build Mitsubishis. But now, the things have changed. The Outlander now is built entirely in Japan by exclusively Mitsubishi. As a result, we get one of the most reliable vehicles on the market, certainly more reliable then Tribeca. This is the hard data:
Consumer Reports 2006 ratings:
2006 Outlander: top 5 in class
2006 Tribeca: average owner rating:
2007 Outlander: 9.2
2007 Tribeca: 8.8
Yahoo Autos owner rating:
2007 Outlander: 4.5
2007 Tribeca: 4.0
Different sources, and very consistent results in favor of Outlander. So if you want a reliable SUV, get the Outlander. Not only it has better reliability, but it also has better warranty and roadside assistance.
As for sportiness, the Outlander beats Tribeca in both handling tests by Slalom: 63.9-mph vs. 62.1-mph. Skid pad test: Outlander wins again: 8.0g vs. 7.8g.
“Nothing is better than a Subaru while it rains” - this is very bold statement. Do you have any hard data to support this statement? Any independent tests or rally results? Mitsubishi on the other hand does have a great record in extreme weather/road conditions. Last year Mitsubishi won 1st place (7th year in a row) and 2nd place in 2007 Dakar Rally, while Subaru did not even made the top 10.

#17 of 263 Edmunds testing of these vehicles by rsholland

Jun 17, 2007 (7:01 am)

They have an 2007 Outlander as one of their long-term test vehicles. Lots of opinions and comments, mostly of which are quite positive. A very informative read.
2008 Tribeca, also a good writeup, clearly showing how the '08 has improved upon the '06 – '07 models.
2007 CX-7 being compared with the RAV4 and Santa Fe.

#18 of 263 Re: Outlander VS CX-7 VS Tribeca (perhaps) [rsholland] by medellinrob

Jun 17, 2007 (7:39 am)

Replying to: rsholland (Jun 15, 2007 4:30 pm)
"One more point. In many ways the Tribeca is more of a competitor for the larger CX9, and not the smaller CX7. "
Thanks bob and every one else.
I know the CX-9 is more alike to a Tribeca than a CX-7 is.
Thing is I like smaller vehicles and I was thinking in a CX-7 and an outlander, but if I were to pay a bit more, it would not be for a CX-9 I would go for the subaru. I don't like the idea of having an expensier car that looks just like it's little brother (Ok I know they are really different, but still they are similar).
When I drove the outlander I believe i avaraged 25 mph going only once or twice above 50 mph which is really low to get to know a vehicle, so I'm going to another test drive this week.
At the CX-7, in the other hand, I think I avaraged 35 mph and sped up to 65 or so. I'll also test it again.
Thanks to all.

#19 of 263 Outlander VS CX-7 by xgbt

Jul 03, 2007 (8:27 am)

I was very interested in the Outlander when it first came out. I am looking for a compact SUV and the Outlander is right sized and looks good on the paper. So I spent a lot of time sitting in it and then test drove it.
I later had an extended test drive of the CX-7. After that, I wouldn't look back to the Outlander any more despite its lower price and my frugality.
The CX-7 is not only more powerful, but also much more refined. It rides beter, the seats are more comfortable, and the finishing is way better. In a word, it has the luxurious feel that puts it a par (or many) above the Outlander and more than justifies the price difference.
Try them out yourself and see if you agree.

#20 of 263 Re: Outlander VS CX-7 [xgbt] by chelentano

Jul 03, 2007 (10:42 am)

Replying to: xgbt (Jul 03, 2007 8:27 am)
I have. So have tried hundreds of other owners, who posted their ratings on MSN and This is not "on paper" – these are real owners. Outlander wins over CX-7 with a decent gap on both sites:
MSN: 9.5 vs. 9
Edmunds: 9.2 vs. 8.8
In terms of ride, interior and seat comfort neither has advantage. The CX-7 is a good car, but the Outlander is just so much better. It looks more stylish vs. odd-looking CX-7. Its V6 is smoother; and speaking of power it can tow more, it has better fuel economy and runs on regular gasoline. Outlander has more of internal space and it’s equipped better with latest gadgets. Outlander is more reliable (Consumer Reports 2006), has better warranty and comes with 5y. free roadside assistance.

#21 of 263 Re: Outlander VS CX-7 [chelentano] by carlitos92

Jul 03, 2007 (6:16 pm)

Replying to: chelentano (Jul 03, 2007 10:42 am)
"Odd-looking" is in the eye of the beholder... and "to each his own." So, far be it from me to stop someone from getting an Outlander if they're looking for an ugly vehicle to tow with and can't afford premium gas.

#22 of 263 Re: Outlander VS CX-7 [carlitos92] by chelentano

Jul 04, 2007 (1:09 pm)

Replying to: carlitos92 (Jul 03, 2007 6:16 pm)
Exterior design is a matter of taste, but the fact is that CX-7 exterior design scores consistently much lower by its owners on and ratings vs. Outlander. And while CX-7 owners are not exactly thrilled by Mazda styling, non-owners may consider it odd looking, or even, like you've said, "ugly"
As for premium gas, I can afford it, but I don't always buy things, just for the reason of affordability. This Mazda, just does not deserve the premium gas.

#23 of 263 Re: Outlander VS CX-7 [chelentano] by carlitos92

Jul 04, 2007 (1:32 pm)

Replying to: chelentano (Jul 04, 2007 1:09 pm)
"but the fact is that CX-7 exterior design scores consistently much lower by its owners on and vs. Outlander."
Not knowing you, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you understand what you're trying to say - but I don't. I don't have any sympathy for an idiot who would buy a vehicle and then rate it low on design - unless that person is Stevie Wonder. Makes you "wonder" if they were blind when they test-drove the car.
So, yes, there are those with an axe to grind who have rated the CX-7 in the dumps, even in areas where they should have had full knowledge going in - but generally, CX-7 owners rate "design" in the 9's and 10's, as it should be. I would assume Mitsu owners do the same, which is fine. I don't know of any formal venue where owners of one car were asked to rate another make on design or anything else. Those who get the CX-7, get it. Those who don't, don't. Same for the Outlander.

#24 of 263 Re: Outlander VS CX-7 [carlitos92] by chelentano

Jul 04, 2007 (2:57 pm)

Replying to: carlitos92 (Jul 04, 2007 1:32 pm)
At this price range it’s not always easy to get a perfect car, and some trade offs are not unusual. So, I imagine, for some CX-7 buyers (you call them "idiots") styling could be a secondary factor, and as a result, an average Mazda owner gives it a good exterior design rating, but still not as high as Outlander owner rates the Outlander styling.
The Outlander was rated higher overall in other categories as well, so I guess, the Outlander owners made less trade-offs and less compromises at the time of the purchase. Also, the owner satisfaction ratings reflect a few hundred miles of real world ownership, not just a test drive impression.
While CX-7 is a great car, on my opinion and based on ratings, the Outlander is just a better balanced car: sophisticated exterior styling, plenty power, sporty handling, latest gadgets, longest warranty, good build quality/reliability, fuel economy, quality leather seats, efficient use of interior space, and value.

#25 of 263 Re: Outlander VS CX-7 [chelentano] by carlitos92

Jul 04, 2007 (7:28 pm)

Replying to: chelentano (Jul 04, 2007 2:57 pm)
Respectfully disagree, but that's okay. One man's "sophisticated" is another man's "goofy Asian bling."
For the record, I call them "idiots" not because their choosing process is different than mine (it undoubtedly is, because styling is never a secondary factor for me), but rather because we all know that the styling doesn't change over time, whether a few hundred miles, or longer. I suspect the people who rate the CX-7 poorly in "design" might actually be referring to engineering. Other than the gas cap, I've had no engineering problems on my car.
Another possibility is that they're unhappy about something else (gas mileage, etc.) and are taking it out on the CX-7 in all categories as a result. Which is why I look at the Edmund's and MSN buyer reviews, but wouldn't make a decision too heavily based on them.

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